"Welcome to Nitro! My name is Eric Schmidt and I have been working out for 30 years. In this time I have gained a vast amount of knowledge through my experience in weight training. I have competed in bodybuilding for many years winning the title of,"Mr. Evansville/Mr. Tri-State in 1996, and yes the date does say 1996, but it seems like yesterday!!! I went on to compete for many years with an office and den full of awards. I always knew in the back of my mind, bodybuilding was fulfilling, but there was something missing. I realized how much I liked helping others achieve their fitness goals and putting smiles on their faces. So after many years of training clients and working out at the local gyms , I knew that a piece of the puzzle was missing. I wanted Evansville and the Tri-State area to have a wonderful experience at a gym where they were treated like family with the absolute best equipment on the market, smiling faces, a knowledgeable-friendly staff, and that's what we have accomplished."
-Eric Schmidt, Owner of Nitro Fitness
Crista Carter Schmidt - Owner
"Hi! I’m Crista. My fiancé, Eric Schmidt, and I opened Nitro Fitness in late 2007. Our purpose and vision we had of the gym we created was this: A workout facility filled with the best quality equipment on the market plus any amenity to help anyBODY reach his or her goals more quickly. We wanted an inviting, laid back atmosphere where members are treated with respect by a very friendly and knowledgeable staff. The outcome is exactly what we had envisioned. Everyone here is an equal regardless of where is a person is on the fitness spectrum. After all, we are all each … a real PERSON!
My background relating to fitness began when I was three years old- gymnastics, tap and ballet. Gymnastics was my favorite and stuck with that up through high school. Though, I won’t lie, you may still see me walking around on my hands here in the gym 40 years later.
I was eleven when I started running. In grade school I ran the 200 meter dash. In high school I switched to the 300m hurdles, 400m dash and the mile relay. My freshman year I was honored to run the mile relay with three extremely talented girls (a sophomore, and 2 juniors). We broke many records as we made our way to state! It was awesome! Something I’ll never forget!
At thirteen my dad bought me a membership to the legendary Pit Barbell Club as a way to help my strength for track and cross-country. Before I was given this great gift I was always enamored listening to my dad explain in detail these different ‘workout machines’ all the while staying fascinated and picturing it in my head.
I'm very blessed that my parents were great role models who passed along the value of great work ethics as well as doing the best you can at whatever it is you are doing. However, I also grew up watching them taking care of their bodies and their health. My dad lifted weights and ran; my mom took yoga and exercises classes at a women's exercise club.
Fast forward many years - working out and running remain in my life along with a new passion - yoga! I began competing in bodybuilding the same year my daughter was born in 1999. I won many 1st place and Overall titles and in 2002 won the Indiana State Bodybuilding Contest, hence the title '2002 Ms. Indiana'! In 2003 I placed 2nd in the national level Junior USA Bodybuilding Contest.
I no longer compete; I just strive to be in the best shape I can be all year instead. In place of competing I genuinely enjoy using all the knowledge I've acquired from my 30 years experience to guide others in reaching their health and fitness goals. It's very rewarding watching clients become excited about the changes they see and feel in their body.
Need to lose weight? Want to get ready for a marathon? Want to merely tone and tighten up? Need to increase flexibility? Or is your goal sport related? These are all goals in which I've helped with and can share my knowledge. Nothing is unattainable! Sometimes it's as simple as getting your hands on the right information along with good doses of motivation!
You are always welcome to visit us here at Nitro. I can promise you will encounter people (members or staff) who are all like family to us. I'm so grateful to not only love what I do but also to be surrounded by so many special people. Opening this gym has changed my life in so many enriching ways. Come join our Nitro Family and watch how you can become a part of a healthy lifestyle."
-Crista Carter, Owner of Nitro Fitness